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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: January 22, 2017, 06:39:28 AM
I loved the book.  This doesn't look much like the book.  I was interested to see how they'd translate it, and it appears they kinda didn't.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Miguel Ferrer on: January 20, 2017, 03:59:05 PM
No "who's that" from me.  I was very saddened by this news.  Great actor.
163  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Best of 2016 Bundle on: January 18, 2017, 03:48:39 PM
You're welcome, lady or dude.
164  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Best of 2016 Bundle on: January 18, 2017, 07:53:57 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 18, 2017, 03:56:13 AM

I'll take Victor Vran, please.

Done.
165  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Best of 2016 Bundle on: January 17, 2017, 10:48:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 17, 2017, 09:15:23 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 17, 2017, 07:54:04 PM

PM me if you're interested in either Evoland 2 or Victor Vran and are friends with me on Steam.

Hmm, if nobody else is interested I might jump on Evoland 2!  Thanks, Bullwinkle!   icon_smile thumbsup

Sent you a PM.   thumbsup
166  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Overwhelmingly Positive Bundle on: January 17, 2017, 07:55:09 PM
PM me if you're interested in either Bit Blaster XL or Pony Island and are friends with me on Steam.
167  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Best of 2016 Bundle on: January 17, 2017, 07:54:04 PM
PM me if you're interested in either Evoland 2 or Victor Vran and are friends with me on Steam.

168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (January 15, 2017) on: January 17, 2017, 06:04:10 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 17, 2017, 03:59:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 16, 2017, 06:12:16 PM

I'm cranking through the end of Gravity Rush to gear up for the sequel.

Yeah, I had been excited for the sequel and had almost preordered it until I remembered I still have a ton to play of that Remaster.

The reviews hit early (and were mostly very positive), so that prompted an extended session.  I'm close now, at least.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: January 17, 2017, 02:38:31 PM
There's a term for what you're talking about, and it's fairly common in video games, but is specific enough to Uncharted that they actually named a trophy after it.  "Ludonarrative Dissonance" describes a conflict between a video game's narrative and its gameplay.  You get the trophy after killing 1000 guys.

This is a common enough situation in video gaming that I'm surprised a seasoned gamer like yourself is so bothered by it (though I still notice it, myself, I suppose).  Maybe you're predisposed not to like Drake?

For myself (and I suspect many others), the words you used (smarmy, jerk and unlikeable) are really far away from how I think of the character.  Well, I guess he can be a jerk sometimes, but in a very human way, and he usually makes up for it later.  He's not at all smarmy, though, and I think he's one of the most likeable characters in video game history.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (January 15, 2017) on: January 16, 2017, 06:12:16 PM
I'm cranking through the end of Gravity Rush to gear up for the sequel.
171  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Star Wars Force Arena on: January 13, 2017, 06:43:48 PM
That was part of the draw for Clash Royale, though.  It was a simple system, which is what made it perfect for pick up and play.  I feel like this one unnecessarily complicates it.  It's not crazily complex, of course, but the ease of play was part of what made Clash Royale great, IMO.

Another mistake, IMO, is the zoomed in battlefield view.  Clash Royale made it easy to see what was going on, what was heading your way, wear you needed to send what troops.  SWFA ties it to a player character who can only see a fraction of what is going on.  It's trying to get back to MOBA style gaming, but the difference is that in a MOBA, you only need a vague idea of what areas are under threat, but can typically focus on where you are just fine.  With SWFA, you have to be aware of both where you're attacking and defending and the specific rock-paper-scissor responses required in each area, but since you're tied to wherever your character is, it becomes frustrating.

My frustration could entirely be from my comparing it to Clash Royale, which puts it at a disadvantage out of the gate (plus my already admitted lack of trust in Star Wars apps in general).  My bias may be the issue more than the game, but this isn't the game I'm looking for.  I'll move along.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: January 13, 2017, 06:36:45 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 13, 2017, 05:36:28 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 13, 2017, 05:20:07 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 13, 2017, 05:04:58 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 13, 2017, 04:47:13 PM

HAs anyone figured out a good place to pre-order the Switch online?

Amazon has preorders.  And they tend to be reliable and have preorder price matching.

Quote from: Bullwinkle
The 2.5 hour minimum remote playtime is deadly to what they're trying to accomplish.  Sure, it can go as high as 6 hours, but you know that's not for any game you want to play for extended periods.  At least they've got normal USB charging options this time, so that helps.

Honestly that doesn't sound too bad to me.  I mean, my Shield tablet can barely read Twitter for 6 hours on a full charge (if it can even go that long?) so to expect this to do better than that while playing games seems odd.

6 hours would be fine.  I expected most games to be in the 2.5 hour range.  That seems quite low to me for something you'd want to pull out on a plane ride, for example.

It might seem low, but I don't really know of any other tablet or device that can do highend gaming for longer? 

But those aren't being marketed for that specific purpose.  The 3DS XL goes minimum of 3.5, and people grumbled about that.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: January 13, 2017, 05:20:07 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 13, 2017, 05:04:58 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 13, 2017, 04:47:13 PM

HAs anyone figured out a good place to pre-order the Switch online?

Amazon has preorders.  And they tend to be reliable and have preorder price matching.

Quote from: Bullwinkle
The 2.5 hour minimum remote playtime is deadly to what they're trying to accomplish.  Sure, it can go as high as 6 hours, but you know that's not for any game you want to play for extended periods.  At least they've got normal USB charging options this time, so that helps.

Honestly that doesn't sound too bad to me.  I mean, my Shield tablet can barely read Twitter for 6 hours on a full charge (if it can even go that long?) so to expect this to do better than that while playing games seems odd.

6 hours would be fine.  I expected most games to be in the 2.5 hour range.  That seems quite low to me for something you'd want to pull out on a plane ride, for example.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: January 13, 2017, 04:48:04 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 13, 2017, 06:59:46 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on January 13, 2017, 05:42:08 AM

As for the hardware and games, it's an interesting concept, but unless you do a lot of gaming on the go, which I don't, the appeal isn't quite there. I'm going to sit out the launch and wait and see.

Yeah, other than the obvious Zelda and Mario there wasn't much too interesting.  And I don't think the weird little controllers are appealing at all.  

What kills me is that I keep seeing people saying this is Nintendo returning to "no gimmick", when this whole system seems like gimmick on top of gimmick.  Maybe it will work out...it seems every time I think Nintendo is on crack they are successful, so that would be about right.

It's kind of the "best of both worlds" in that it has a gimmick, but that gimmick lends itself to straightforward play, just in a couple of different ways.  But I still don't see that mattering much in a world of mobile devices.  

The 2.5 hour minimum remote playtime is deadly to what they're trying to accomplish.  Sure, it can go as high as 6 hours, but you know that's not for any game you want to play for extended periods.  At least they've got normal USB charging options this time, so that helps.

What kills me, though, is when Nintendo keeps dropping the ball on staying competitive.  

They have a history of this, of course, most recently with Super Mario Run on iOS charging $10 for a DLC unlock.  That is not the current market, and the app has suffered as a result.

First, there's the lack of power.  Now, the truth is, most Nintendo published games don't require the horsepower that 3rd party games do.  But the problem is, not enough Ninitendo games come out in a year to make their consoles worth it for that alone (though it still tempts me, of course, but I'm not mass market).  As a result, third party games are key.  And if the console isn't a runaway smash, no third party developer is going to want to spend a lot of time developing for the Nintendo console alone, and if the ports can't run like they do on the other current consoles, you've already shot yourself in the foot.

But look at Nintendo's entrance into the subscription online world.  It's like they only skimmed a summary of what the other companies are doing.  "Oh, they're giving free games away for a month? Ok, we will, too!"  Yeah, you get free NES or SNES games.  And only for the month.  Then they go away.  WTF?!

And everything is too expensive.  I get that Nintendo isn't in a position any more where they can do a lot of loss leading, but if you know that in advance, make this a premium experience, with competitive horsepower and then charge a lot.  As it is, this just looks like a lesser-than console, that costs more than the better ones that already have a ton of games available.

This is causing nothing but headshakes and facepalms from me.  And perusing the game sites, it looks like there's a collective response that's similar.

Oh, and Mario in the real world?  I'm sure there's some story reason for that, but Do Not Want.  Although, giving him that Oddjob hat power that he can also use to extend his jump is genius.  I think that might become a standard Mario power from here on out.  You know, assuming Nintendo doesn't completely disappear.
175  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Star Wars Force Arena on: January 12, 2017, 10:07:09 PM
I saw an ad for this and rolled my eyes.  I've been burned too many times before by the Star Wars app scene.

However, I played the hell out of Clash Royale for quite a while, and if you're adding Star Wars trappings to that, it could be a lot of fun.

So, once again, I'll give it a try.  What the hell, it's free.
176  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Overwhelmingly Positive Bundle on: January 10, 2017, 09:27:51 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 10, 2017, 07:49:09 PM

I have the problem that I'm only really interested in one game at each tier, so it feels silly to get them all.  But it also feels silly to complain about 7+ great games for $10...

I'm in the same boat, although it's less about my interest and more about having already owned/played the others.  I may wait and see what the middle tier brings next week.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Jan 1, 2017) on: January 02, 2017, 08:48:56 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on January 02, 2017, 07:04:29 PM

Just for clarification, note that Camper Jumper Simulator also includes jumping school buses. Not jumping over school buses, actually driving and jumping with them. Just so you know...

Oh, I thought it was simulating the different sweaters you might wear while on an English holiday in your caravan.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [timewaster] Frog Fractions on: December 28, 2016, 04:13:45 PM
After seeing all these reports about Frog Fractions 2 finally coming out (it's been hidden in another game for weeks, already, in fact), I decided to play the original.  Somehow I missed it when it came out.  Holy crap is that fun.

Really, the joy comes from just watching where the game's going to go next.  The insanity is the fun.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: R.I.P. Carrie Fisher on: December 28, 2016, 12:30:11 AM
Man, this has been so devastating to me today.

I suspected it might be coming after the news of that flight, of course, but it just keeps hitting me hard.

I'm curious what this might do to Episode VIII, too, but that's an afterthought.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trails of Cold Steel Series on: December 21, 2016, 04:56:13 PM
IIRC, the next game is a PS4 exclusive.  I'm betting they will release ported versions of the other two games before then.
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Rogue One - A Star Wars Story on: December 21, 2016, 03:44:31 PM
I like how you spoilered the location but not  
Spoiler for Hiden:
"I felt bad for everyone by the end but really what other outcome could there be unless they all just took a vacation for episode 4, 5, and 6."

Spoiler for Hiden:
If the conversation with Vader could have taken place anywhere, why not have it at his castle?  The location is something Lucas wanted to have in a film years earlier (ESB, IIRC), so that was a nice nod.  Plus, I really like the psychological implication of having it where Anakin met his end.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 20, 2016, 06:56:25 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 20, 2016, 06:49:29 PM




Well, it happened.

Farley lapped himself.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Voodoo Vince Remastered [Xbox One, PC] on: December 20, 2016, 06:47:55 PM
What?!  I hadn't heard about this coming back. Underrated game.

http://www.ign.com/videos/2016/12/20/8-minutes-of-voodoo-vince-remastered-gameplay-ign-first

This was one of my favorite platformers from back when that was still a thing.  I always thought a sequel would have been even better.  Hopefully, they're testing the waters.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: December 20, 2016, 04:09:43 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 20, 2016, 02:42:41 PM

So my general impression from nearly 30 minutes (!) of trailers before an IMAX Show of Rogue One Friday (thanks in large part to the neverending extended Dunkirk trailer) is:
-Did we always see trailers for movies that are 8-9 months (!) away from release? What happened to the idea of trailers for movies a few months away?
-Will they ever, ever stop stamping out Transformers and Fast and Furious sequels?
-Other than Spider-Man: Homecoming and possibly Dunkirk (and really just because Chris Nolan's work is always interesting at the least), literally I don't think a single one of the movies in the endless trailer reel was anything I want to see. Outside of the Spidey trailer, it didn't seem like in my audience any of the trailers built any sort of buzz at all. Maybe we've finally outgrown Hollywood.  disgust Or perhaps it's just an IMAX focus on bombastic movies and people are just tired of it.

My issue with the Dunkirk trailer is it didn't give the audience even enough info to understand what the heck was going on (no year, location etc.). I suppose that's in keeping with Nolan's mysterious ways.

Did you have a Logan trailer?  That was the big one for me.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: December 20, 2016, 03:47:13 AM

Quote from: farley2k on December 19, 2016, 04:05:33 PM

Blade Runner 2049 Announcement

https://youtu.be/haXvp8M9Cog

My first thought was I can't believe they got him to do the voiceover! 

Looks cool, but not enough.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (December 18, 2016) on: December 19, 2016, 06:36:11 AM
I'll definitely be getting Shantae: Half-Genie Hero at some point, since I've loved every game in the series, but I don't know if I want to plop 30 bucks down for it.  Hopefully, it'll be on sale on one of the consoles.
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Rogue One - A Star Wars Story on: December 16, 2016, 08:26:31 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on December 16, 2016, 06:04:59 PM

Quote from: Turtle on December 16, 2016, 11:06:32 AM

Wow.

Spoiler for Hiden:
For those that thought they wouldn't go dark with this and that the reshoots meant they were making it too light hearted, guess again. Because as soon as the action started, it got dark, then darker, and even darker, until that final glimmer of hope within that vast inky darkness. Pretty sure none of those characters are coming back.

Pretty much no one made it out of there except Leia. Although I did like seeing Vader go full Sith on those rebel soldiers. In the previous movies you really only saw him walk in after the Stormtroopers do stuff, or only saw Jedi fighting bad guys. In the finale of this, man does it show how bad things can get against a force wielder.

One thing I think is a missed opportunity was having the blind force sensitive guy (I forget his name) fade into the force leaving behind only his clothes. That would have been a nice nod to someone who obviously would have been a Jedi and would have been one with the force had he gotten more training.

As above, the music was off. The kind of stuff you'd hear in a Star Wars video game that was trying too hard not to use the direct themes.

Now, bring on Rogue Two, with an all Bothan cast. Surely it turns out better for them, right?

My thoughts:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Yes, incredibly dark movie. Way more so than Empire Strikes Back. Rogue really earned that PG-13 rating, not for any blood but just the whole notion that everyone dies and the unrelenting pace of the gun violence.

Chirrut was the Force believer (Donnie Yen). It would not have made sense for him to return as a Force ghost because while he may have had natural force abilities, they were never developed in any meaningful or controllable way.

The whole last third of the movie when they assaulted Scarif was unrelenting and paces so frantically but in a good way. You could get the sense of desperation the rebels had to steal the plans. The space battle scenes were easily the best out of all the Star Wars movies and the cameos by all the pilots from New Hope was an awesome touch. It took a lot of guts on Disney's part to make a more serious adult Star Wars movie where literally everyone dies at the end, but the last glimmer of hope as the ending beat to the movie was a great touch.

Couple of things I didn't like though. One, the musical score was terrible and uneven, particularly in the first part of the movie. Once they started injecting musical cues from the other movies, like the Imperial March, it felt more like a Star Wars score. It was a nice touch to basically run the main theme from Episode IV during the end credits.

Also, the CGI creation of Tarkin, and to a lesser degree Leia, was really distracting in that they still looked fake. Honestly they looked like they were dropped into the movie directly from a cut scene in a video game. CGI tech has come a long way but making humans looks 100% real is not quite there yet.

But those are minor issues to me. It was an unbelievable movie experience. I certainly liked it better than Force Awakens and I really enjoyed that movie. Whether it is the best Star Wars movie ever, it certainly is up there for consideration.

I just got back, and I would agree with all of this.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The music just felt underdeveloped.  For the most part, it didn't matter, but there were certain moments where it stood out as not standing out.  The opening was the first troublesome moment.

I went into this wondering what things would be different from the numbered serial films.  There were quite a few, and not just in tone, either.  No credit scrawl was the first obvious one.  It makes sense not to have it, since this is stand-alone and not strictly part of an ongoing saga.  Actually, I guess it was the second, since there was also no Star Wars splash after the "long time ago" screen.  There weren't really any screen wipes that I noticed and there were location indicators on screen.  The first thing was very minor, but the second bit was actually distracting to me.  Did we need those?

Overall, the movie seemed to take a while to get going to me.  Really, things only started clicking once they got to Jyn's father's base, IMO.  But from there, it moved really well.  I'm not sure all of the characters worked for me.  I liked the idea of all of them, but not the execution, necessarily.  I wanted a little more from Casian, for example.  Chirrut I thought was mostly fantastic, but there were quite a few moments he came off as wooden (and I'd have liked his "One with the force" chant to have sounded less like me praying during a plane takeoff).  Stuff like that.  Nothing that spoiled the movie, and no characters I hated, but it felt like they weren't quite solid enough.

I thought Forest Whitaker's character was fairly useless.  There was a lot of buildup to him, but he didn't do much of anything apart from be a guy that had a message.  His death was also dumb.  It was played as this noble thing, but there was nothing noble about it. He just chose to die.  I get that he was slow and that it would have strained credibility to get him out of there, but it would have better if he had said, "I won't make it" or "I'll slow you down" rather than "I'm done running" as though he were making this grand sacrifice.

I enjoyed K.  I thought Tudyk did a good job there.  And Felicity Jones turned in a nice performance, too.

Man, was Grand Moff Tarkin distracting.  It's like they Jar Jar Binksed him.  Any time he blinked, it looked, as Jimmy said, like it had come from a video game.  OTOH, I really enjoyed that he was in the movie.  And he was used well.

I was thinking Vader had not been used well.  Plus his helmet's collar was wide and not connected.  And I always find it distracting when you can see the red tint to his lenses.  But that stuff is nitpicking.  His appearance at the end is the stuff of dreams (or nightmares).

There were cameos I was missing.  I really wanted to see Biggs, for example. Or Wedge. I thought those were wasted opportunities.  I was looking for Porkins, too, but didn't see him.  However, Wookiepedia already lists him as taking part in the battle of Scarif, so maybe he was there.  But then there were all kinds of cameos I wasn't expecting at all.  Seriously, the two guys who pick a fight with Luke in the cantina pop in for another near-scuffle before, apparently, getting the last flight out of an exploding city to head to the middle-of-nowhere Tatooine?!  But no Biggs.  But it was awesome seeing both Red and Gold leader.  And I don't know why I was surprised to see R2 and Threepio, but their appearance lit my face up.  And, even though there was almost no chance we wouldn't see Leia at the end, it was still a fantastic moment.

Seriously, the last couple of minutes of this film are utterly fantastic.

I do wonder what the reshoots entailed.  I hope they didn't include the "tender" moments between Jyn and Cassian at the end.  Having both the hug and the hand hold seemed overkill.  Pick one.  (The hug would have been enough) But we really, really didn't need that near kiss on the way out.  Ugh.  Other stuff is okay, I think. But I would have liked to have seen the even darker take.

Anyway, very good, enjoyable film with some great moments, though it could have been better.  Still, better than a few of the canon films.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 13, 2016, 01:10:41 AM
Thanks for that link.  I had totally forgotten about the pigs and that incident with the Saviors.

In fact, it has been so long since seeing The Kingdom, that when Richard the rando described the encounter with the Saviors, I thought that had happened before Morgan and Carol arrived and we were just hearing about it.

My memory of the Kingdom episode was Morgan wheels Carol in to talk to Ezekiel.  He has a fucking tiger.  Carol acts impressed.  Carol makes it clear she was acting and moves to a house.  Ezekiel shows up and makes it clear he's been acting, too.  Roll credits.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 12, 2016, 08:29:36 PM
Well, that worked much better than a lot of the stuff this season.  Carol popped up and I almost had a "Who the hell is that?" moment.  Really, they should have been intercutting throughout the various characters in their locations in each episode instead of focusing on one, though I understand why they did it the way they did.  It was important to create that sense of separation, because when (most) of the gang finally gets together at the end of the episode, that was pretty great.

Random thoughts:

I really loved the conversation between the priest and hatless hottie, too.  Best thing either of them has done in the series.  That moment of "It shouldn't have been you" really justified a lot of what she'd been doing and explained her jumping the gun with the, er, gun later in the episode.

It may be because the actor does nothing for me, and I can never remember that he was the mayor's son once upon a time, but I have no recollection of him and Rosita being a thing.  Was that sprung on us last night?  If so, it felt a little contrived for the events that followed.  If not, it still felt a little contrived, but I can let it go a little easier.  I did like his practicing for what seemed like a date, but turned out to be Negan. 

I thought Negan solidified that he's not just being crazy and out of control for crazy's sake in this episode.  I've seen some complaints online that he's just crazy or just a thug, but I don't think that's true at all, and this episode showed that he's both smart and calculating, choosing his moments to go specifically over the line.  He saw right through boring Mayor's son guy.  He made examples where he needed to do so.  I was surprised at how much the arbitrary death hit me.  Nicely done.

What the hell was Daryl staring at in that one room?  It looked like a bunch of military figurines, but I couldn't tell if those were supposed to have some sort of remembered significance or if it was foreshadowing. 

At one point, I thought Daryl was going to cut his hair to disguise himself.  At least a trim.  No such luck.

Daryl's beating of that one guy was a nice moment of venting for him.  It seemed to come out of nowhere, but it really didn't.

The rando who came to Morgan and Carol seemed odd to me.  I imagine he was Ezekiel's right-hand-man in that earlier episode, but it was soooo long ago, that he just felt generic to me.  And why the hell did he push the sign that was hiding his hidden caravan down?  Apart from letting the audience see it, I mean.

Anyway, overall, this was a return to form for the show for me, with the promise of good stuff when it comes back in February.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (December 11, 2016) on: December 12, 2016, 02:21:47 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 12, 2016, 06:50:01 AM

I added Ty the Tasmanian Tiger Remastered since that is also exiting Early Access tomorrow. 

This is the first game I remember playing in widescreen on my first HDTV.  Weird.

The new one (Ty 4) is actually really good, though it's a sidescrolling platformer and feels totally different.  I remember really enjoying the first one when it came out, but I don't know that it had anything that made it special.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (December 11, 2016) on: December 12, 2016, 05:33:16 AM
I guess Bastion, since it's free.  And the Forza Horizon 3 DLC.

Someday I'd like to play Her Majesty's Spiffing, but I don't think the timing is right now.

There are some smaller titles that I'll keep my eye on, but nothing is jumping out as a must have.

192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: December 07, 2016, 08:15:25 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
It seemed like it was the final step (Arnold mentioned something about the final step when handing her the gun, IIRC), at least in the first case.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 07, 2016, 02:37:32 PM
And part of the problem is that it's technically not taking a long time in their world.  It really has only been a week or two, but we've had to go over the same chronological ground again and again because everyone is so spread out!
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] WatchDogs 2 on: December 07, 2016, 02:35:39 PM
Yeah, unlocking the drone early seems to be a key recon choice for those starting out.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: December 07, 2016, 05:33:34 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
Harming Arnold or Ford or William isn't my issue.  Those seemed to make some semblance of sense to me, and I can see the suffering, etc.  I just don't see the self-awareness coming from mass genocide part of it.  First of all, that didn't seem like suffering so much as mindless.  Secondly, as I said, there seem to be dozens of other ways you could get to the same effect.  Maeve and her daughter, for example.  That one makes sense in the context of the character.  That suffering was an extension of who she was, and it made sense that it lead to a self awareness.  "Here's a gun, go kill a bunch of your fellow non-humans so you can be at one with yourself" doesn't quite have the same effect.

I'm sure this come together somehow next season (or, at least, I really hope it will).  It just doesn't quite track for me except from the standpoint of "We need this to happen for the story."
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: December 06, 2016, 10:19:47 PM

Quote from: rittchard on December 06, 2016, 09:25:20 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 06, 2016, 08:34:22 PM


The "center of the maze" stuff felt like a bit of a copout to me.  And what was required didn't follow for me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
How does killing everyone make them self-aware, exactly?  That seemed kind of "we need this for the story" instead of organic.  Maybe Arnold needed it to get Dolores to kill him, but why did Teddy do it?  

Spoiler for Hiden:
I thought it was that killing a human was the definitive break in being programmed (and controlled) by humans.  Wasn't it a "prime directive" that they could never deliberately harm humans?

Spoiler for Hiden:
That seems more like something you'd do to prove it happened rather than to make it happen, and it feels like there should be other ways to prove it as well, somehow.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Dec 4, 2016) on: December 06, 2016, 08:43:02 PM

Quote from: rittchard on December 06, 2016, 07:02:22 PM

I apparently pre-ordered Last Guardian a long while back, so I think it's coming today.  Unfortunately after reading some of the reviews, I wonder if that was a mistake.

What?  The reviews all seem very positive so far.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] HBO - Westworld on: December 06, 2016, 08:34:22 PM
I suspect we're letting it sink in.

I admit that the big twist this week took me total surprise.

Spoiler for Hiden:
For the first time in this series, I found myself saying that I didn't understand what the fuck was going on when Ed Harris started talking about William.  The time change threw me for a big loop.

The "center of the maze" stuff felt like a bit of a copout to me.  And what was required didn't follow for me.

Spoiler for Hiden:
How does killing everyone make them self-aware, exactly?  That seemed kind of "we need this for the story" instead of organic.  Maybe Arnold needed it to get Dolores to kill him, but why did Teddy do it?  

I'm sure layers to this will be revealed, but it felt forced to me.

I really liked most of the stuff with Thandie Newton this week.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The fact that her independant plan was, in fact, programmed was cool.  And the second she sat down next to that mother and daughter I knew she'd be going back, of course.  That said, the awkward "Here's your daughter's location that you, um, asked for off camera" scene was clunky, telegraphy, and forced story-driven writing.  Maybe she asked for that previously, and I didn't remember, but it still was all of those things.

And as for SW...
Spoiler for Hiden:
I'd been wondering if there were other worlds (there was the lame spin off to the original film called Futureworld, after all).  Samurai World opens things up considerably, but I hope we don't get into that stuff too much, in the end.

Anyway, this show is very good, and I'm excited for more.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: December 06, 2016, 08:17:19 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 06, 2016, 04:51:19 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on December 05, 2016, 12:24:05 PM

The Mummy Reboot of the Reboot.  Starring Tom Cruise

Also the first movie in the Universal Monster Cinematic Universe.  You know since every other studio has one

Give me the campy version with Brendan Fraiser. 

Yeah, honestly that looked like 90% of that could have been from Mission Impossible or any other Tom Cruise stunt movie.  It may be good, but doesn't look too unique.

Also, I can't imagine that they are going to be able to establish a Universal Monsters Universe...not only does nobody remember those movies, having them be supernatural and trying to be taken seriously seems to never really work (unless you want to churn out the same garbage as Underworld, etc).  And then trying to have Tom Cruise be a central star they are going to have the same issue as Robert Downey Jr, where even if it is successful he becomes far too expensive to keep in them.

I had the trailer pop up somewhere without knowing what it was.  I even knew there was a new Tom Cruise Mummy trailer out in the wild, and I still thought it was a Mission:Impossible trailer for a good chunk of time.

I don't think it matters if people remember the original Universal monster movies or not, we're talking about Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman and the Mummy.  People know who those characters are.  They're iconic.

I like the idea of bringing them into the modern age, too.  Especially in a serious way.  I'm curious to see whether, for instance, Dracula of the 1800s was a thing or if he's a new version.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Dec 4, 2016) on: December 05, 2016, 10:20:46 PM
Oh, now I don't know where to post.  I'll put it here, too.



The Last Guardian almost for sure ordered.  Battlefront expansion, too.

I was out on Dead Rising 4, but then I started hearing good things and that they finally eliminated the timer!  I know one review wasn't happy about that, but he seemed like a hardcore DR player, which is not me at all.  Most of the reviews seem to think it's quite a positive change.  I may still wait for a price drop, though.
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